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The movie was banal, but it led to a fascinating conversation.
  too commonplace to be interesting or entertaining
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banal banality banalities banally
Strongly Associated with:   inane
Pronunciation:  Banal is correctly pronounced differently by various educated speakers of American English.
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  • The movie was banal, but it led to a fascinating conversation.
  • The film was banal, but with beautiful cinematography.
  • Everything has been said yet few have taken advantage of it. Since all our knowledge is essentially banal, it can only be of value to minds that are not.
    Raoul Vaneigem
  • Some quirk in human nature allows even the most unspeakable acts of evil to become banal within minutes, provided that they occur far enough away to pose no personal threat.
    Iris Chang

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  • As we see in folk music quite often, emotion transforms what might otherwise be considered ’corny’ (i.e. trite, banal, sentimental) music into valid, moving art.
    Don Ellis
  • And before I could offer the usual banal suggestions she confided in me.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  Under Western Eyes
  • Time is too valuable to hear banal information repeated.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • such banalities as "You look so good I could just eat you up" ...
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • she had failed to understand his apprehensive attempts to save their love from banality
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • If one wants to appraise it, it is at once heroic and banal—but who wants to do that?
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front

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  • Effie makes me say a hundred banal phrases starting with a smile, while smiling, or ending with a smile.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • (Finally she forces herself to speak a banality:) Oh, Mama, you shouldn’t have.
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
  • Was this so banal? Was this so unprofound and stupid?
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • And so I told him the banal old stuff and he blessed me and dismissed me.
    David Almond  --  Clay
  • I’d picked through the trash to retrieve one, read the letter, sticky with alfredo sauce, and it had been utterly banal: talk of tennis and travel and other things preppy.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Simon’s voice had been so blithe, so banal, so completely ordinary.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • In the weeks Mae had been transparent, there had been downtime, a good deal of it, but her task, primarily, was to provide an open window into life at the Circle, the sublime and the banal.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • But these weren’t the kind of monsters that had tentacles and rotting skin, the kind a seven-year-old might be able to wrap his mind around—they were monsters with human faces, in crisp uniforms, marching in lockstep, so banal you don’t recognize them for what they are until it’s too late.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Somehow, compared with the choices he’d made and the places he’d traveled, her life seemed so …. banal.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • Her letters consist mostly of banalities—we are busy; Frau Elena says hello—or else arrive in his bunkroom so full of censor marks that their meaning has disintegrated.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • I was close to him and I said something perfectly banal about the skill of the dancers.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Dimly she was conscious of fingernails, and heard herself gasp "Please," certain of the banality, the stupidity of the word even as she uttered it.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He does not talk about purity any more but of the necessity of using common cultural sign systems to reflect the iconic banality of our times.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Then came an interminable stream of news and updates, much of it almost physically painful in its banality.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • After a few minutes spent exchanging earnest banalities, we went our separate ways.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • I’d never thought of myself as anything but banal.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • Domestic violence…the term was so banal.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Confounded by this lapse into banality, Conseil left his sentence hanging.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • It was too banal to be true.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • The first objects that Eragon noticed seemed too obvious, too banal to him: a yellow lily by his feet, Oromis’s overgrown hut, the white stream, and the landscape itself.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • I removed my now useless mask, planted my ice ax into the mountain’s frozen hide, and I exchanged banal congratulations with the hunkered on the ridge.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • He was the awkwardest speaker in the world apart from the lore of the sea, but there are times when it requires a high courage to speak the banal.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Teasing you along, letting you pile up a little paper profit, then banal Your account closed at 20.62.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • He was incapable of heroism, weak, banal, more spiritless than a woman, avaricious too, and cowardly.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • He began to realize the emotion, and the loneliness, behind the banality of what she had said; he was ashamed of himself to have answered as if it were merely banal.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • That such configurations are banal does not rob them of their power.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • ’n ’rithmetic… To a passing stranger, it might have looked silly—Johnny standing there in his greenish tuxedo and fresh linen holding the hand of a thin ragged child and singing the banal song so unself-consciously on the street.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • He is unaccustomed to the banality of domestic flights, the narrow cabin, the single bag he’s packed, small enough to stow overhead.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • All right, to make a banal long story into a banal short story, I’ll cut to the uplink.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • A banality, Mr Undersecretary.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • They lay on the far side of a great divide in time, as significant as B.C. and A.D. Before prison, before the war, before the sight of a corpse became a banality.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • There could be storm warnings even in the most delicate and banal of conversations.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • She sought faith in spacious banal phrases, taken from books: "the instinctive nobility of simple souls,"
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • After the first letter that she carried to the telegraph office with an ember of revenge against her own destiny, she had allowed an almost daily exchange of messages in what appeared to be casual encounters on the street, but she did not have the courage to permit a conversation, no matter how banal and fleeting it might be.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Once a myth has crystallized into literary form it is already dead as belief or ceremonial, but it is possible that, at least in the earliest strata of our material, this change was not yet complete, and for that reason we must not be surprised to find embedded in such early poems fragments of belief which appear grotesque or banal; while at other times we are confronted by the disjecta membra of a poetry which never quite emerges.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • As instructed, Deo read Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • My inclination was to marvel at the feel of the carpet beneath my feet, to catalogue the banal miracle of every stick of furniture, every lamp, the telephone, to go and wash myself in the tile shower—or again to go out into the street simply to experience what it was like to walk into all the doors, all the joints and movies and restaurants, to talk to white men in the lobby without servility, to look at women and see them smile courteously.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • She promised to meet him in Deauville, the coming summer, "though," she sighed, "it’s becoming too dreadfully banal; nothing but Americans and frowsy English baronesses."
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • The range of verbs is further cut down by means of the ’-IZE’ AND ’DE-’ formations, and banal statements are given an appearance of profundity by means of the NOT ’UN-’ formation.
    George Orwell  --  Politics and the English Language
  • First, he realized that the sea was blue and that there was an enormous quantity of it, and that it roared and roared—really all the banalities about the ocean that one could realize, but if any one had told him then that these things were banalities, he would have gaped in wonder.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
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